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Making the Most of Stavanger, Norway

Making the Most of Stavanger, Norway


GETTING THERE

The beauty about having Stavanger on your itinerary is your cruise terminal is literally right in the middle of the city. The Magic will be berthed on one or the other sides of the narrow harbor, at either Strand or Skagen, and from there everything is within walking distance, so no transportation is needed. The local tourist information office is located around 500 meters away, just by Stavanger cathedral. Like other locations in Norway, the Norwegian Krone is used here, and the Euro is not usually accepted at shops, cafés, restaurants or attractions. Only a valid passport is required to enter Norway. The Magic visits Stavanger in 2017 on June 6 and 30. On June 6, All Ashore is 7:45 am, with All Aboard at 4:45 pm. On June 30 All Ashore at 8:15 am, and all aboard at 4:30 pm.

GETTING AROUND

For the city sights, walking is the easiest way to get around. There is a hop-on/hop-off tour that operates in Stavanger ($32.50/$16 ages 5-15), but as it runs through the city, and the sights it stops at are within easy walking distance, we don’t recommend it. Most car rental companies serve Stavanger Airport, rather than the city, but if this is an option you want to consider, Hertz is located by the main railway station, just to the south of Breiavatnet Lake. It’s about a 15-minute walk. Taxis are available, although your best bet for catching one may be to walk to the railway station. If you want to visit Lysefjord, there’s a sightseeing boat that runs from the harbor in Stavanger (480 NOK/$59, 300 NOK/$37 ages 4-15). In total, it’s a 3.5-hour round-trip, and the boat leaves daily at midday, giving you the morning to explore the city. The company does warn that the boat will only leave with a minimum of 15 passengers, but with a cruise ship in port, it’s highly unlikely this will be a problem http://www.rodne.no/fjord-cruise/lysefjord-pulpit-rock/.

SAFETY

Stavanger is a very safe city, so safe in fact that we saw a government minister walking through it on our visit there with limited security. You shouldn’t have any problems, but as with all cities, don’t carry valuables if you don’t need them with you. Don’t forget the sun screen, particularly if you choose to head out on a cruise into Lysefjord, as the wind on the water can be brutal. Be wary if you plan on shopping here, as Stavanger is consistently ranked as one of the most expensive cities in the world, and on some lists, the most expensive.

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